Event Mar 21

Abstract Sep 30

Tragedy and Integrity in the Life and Works of Arthur Miller (NEMLA 2013)

Event: 03/21/2013 - 03/24/2013
Abstract: 09/30/2012
Categories: American, 20th & 21st Century, Literary Theory
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Organization: Northeast Modern Language Association -- The Arthur Miller Society

Not only was Arthur Miller a major American playwright, he also was a significant public intellectual actively involved in political and social issues. In both these arenas and in his private life, one of Miller’s central concerns was integrity: the individual’s confrontation with his/her own ideals of what it is to live a worthwhile and morally responsible life, a life worthy of respect. Miller’s writings often focus on people who feel they have failed in this task of being worthy. As he suggests in his famous essay “Tragedy and the Common Man,” his tragedies are dramas of individuals who confront a collapse of self-respect.

This session invites papers on any aspect of Miller’s engagement with the issue of integrity from a variety of perspectives: literary, psychological, philosophical, or historical. The theme is especially appropriate as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Miller’s The Crucible, which opened on Broadway on January 22, 1953, at the height of the McCarthy Era. Papers on the following topics and any others relevant to this theme will be welcomed for consideration:
• The theme of integrity in Miller’s plays, stories, and essays
• The relationship between Miller’s vision of integrity and his vision of tragedy
• Miller’s concern with issues of integrity in his role as a public intellectual, for example during the McCarthy Era, the Vietnam War, or his involvement with PEN
• Issues of integrity in Miller’s personal life and the ways these are depicted in his plays, stories, and essays

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be emailed to David Palmer, Humanities Department, Massachusetts Maritime Academy: dpalmer@maritime.edu

Deadline: September 30, 2012
Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
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See The Arthur Miller Society website: http://www.ibiblio.org/miller/

Contact Email: dpalmer@maritime.edu

Website: http://nemla.org/convention/2013/cfp.html